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H. Dale Durham
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------------------------------- ARRL West Texas Section Section Manager: H. Dale Durham, -------------------------------


West Texas Section Manager’s Report

August 2016

August is past. We are finally into September. This means Football, Fall rains, Football, the slow winding down of Hamfest season, Football, School starting up again, Football, Hurricane season on the Gulf Coast, and of coarse Football!

Speaking of Hamfests. The Lubbock ARC is having their annual Hamfest September 10, 2016. It will be held at the Noble Stidham Memorial Club House located at 1108 98th St in Lubbock. From 9am to 1pm. I’ve had the pleasure of attending the 2 previous years. This is a fun Hamfest! It is not a large one on the the scale of Dayton, but give them a couple of years and they will catch up. It is one of my favorites because of the Spirit of the LARC and I recommend you attend if at all possible. I’ll be there manning the ARRL table (between trips to the snack bar). Stop by and say Hello.

I have received a number of emails and calls about RM-11708. Seems to be a lot of talk about it. On the one hand the concern is encroachment on to much of the CW portion of the bands. On the other hand the concern is that U.S. Hams are the only ones in the world with baud rate limitations. I have done some research and made a few phone calls to the technical Gurus at ARRL HQ (Which by the way is something ANY member can do) and have come up with some interesting information. It is WAY too long to put in this newsletter, so I have posted it on my website at

I have opened the page up for moderated comments. Please keep it civil. Uncivil comments will be deleted. Tell me what you think.

Jamboree-on-the-Air is coming up. If you are helping a troop and need help with material you can call the league or email me at JOTA will be held the third weekend in October. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. There is no set time for the start or end. Since it isn’t a contest, there’s no designating starting point. When your station is ready to go, get on the air and make contacts. You have the whole weekend! FMI see the JOTA page on the ARRL website.ff

That’s all I have for now.

Thank you for your service.


West Texas Section Manager



West Texas Officials